CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland PacWest qualifying report

PacWest Racing Group Freightliner/G.I. Joe'S 200 - Portland International Raceway Saturday, June 23, 2001 SCOTT DIXON - ...

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Freightliner/G.I. Joe'S 200 - Portland International Raceway
Saturday, June 23, 2001

SCOTT DIXON - # 18 POWERWARE PANASONIC PACWEST TOYOTA

Position: 4th Time: 57.962s Total Laps: 17 Speed: 122.294mph </pre> "We had a lot of problems with the car this morning," said Dixon. "My crew worked hard on the car today and I'm really happy we qualified so well. We had a little understeer, but with a clear track and new tires I was able to gain some speed, allowing me to earn my best starting position of the season. All in all I'm very happy with the way the day ended up, considering how it started. I'll have to stay extremely focused at the beginning of the race tomorrow making sure I get through the first few turns safely."

<pre> MAURICIO GUGELMIN - # 17 NEXTEL PACWEST TOYOTA

Position: 11th Time: 58.430s Total Laps: 18 Speed: 121.314mph </pre> "The balance of my car was very good for qualifying," said Gugelmin. "I pretty much got everything out of it I could and I have no complaints. Starting 11th is not a bad position, we just need to figure out a way to get into the second group for qualifying in the future. Tracks always get better and better every time we go out, so the second group always puts up faster times than the first group. I think for raceday I'll need a bit more grip but I'm very happy with the way my Toyota Reynard package has been working all year. My Nextel team has given me a great car all weekend, so I'm ready to go racing."

-PacWest

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